Rapper Montae Talbert, aka M-Bone who made “Teach Me the Dougie” an international hit with his group, Cali Swag District, died in a hail of bullets, ending another promising rap career.
M-Bone was sitting alone in his car outside a liquor store at 10:30 pm in his hometown of Inglewood, CA., making him the likely target in the shooting.
Shots rang out after another car cruised up along side M-Bone’s. The 22-year-old rapper was clipped twice in the head, police said.
Talbert died at the hospital.
Police are still piecing together the shooting and have yet to come up with a motive or suspect, said Lt. James Madia.
Witnesses were vague about the fleeing car, Madia added.
A rivalry between East Coast and West Coast rappers in the 1990s led to the death of two of the biggest names in rap, Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G.
Neither of those murders has been solved.
In this case, however, Cali Swag District’s publicist, Greg Miller said in a statement that Talbert was “the victim of a random act of violence.”
“He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed,” Miller said.
Bandmate C-Smoove tweeted Monday that his life changed drastically in the blink of an eye, and added “rip mbone.”
Cali Swag District’s hit “Teach Me How to Dougie” is based on the “Dougie” dance, which first appeared in Texas and is noted for its leaning stances, shoulder and arm movements.
The song caught on in dance clubs and the group’s video went viral.
First lady Michelle Obama recently performed the dance as part of her “Let’s Move” initiative.
The group is appealing to the public to identify shooter. They are urging fans to contact police, if they have any information.